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PA Refugee Resettlement Program

The mission of the Refugee Resettlement Program is to help refugees and their families obtain employment, economic self-sufficiency, and social integration within the shortest possible time after their arrival into the commonwealth.

Since October 1, 1991, refugees from more than thirty countries have resettled in the commonwealth, representing diverse ethnic, cultural, and religious backgrounds. The Cumulative Arrival Figures presented on this site include refugees per se — Cuban and Haitian entrants, Amerasian immigrants, and Kurdish asylees initially resettled in Pennsylvania; not included are other asylees and refugees initially resettled in other states.

Most refugee resettlement entails reunification of family members and/or planned placement in regions where there are good prospects for rapid employment and sufficient support services to facilitate adjustment to life in the United States. 

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